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Lgbt Employment Discrimination

The Constant Struggle for Equality: 5 Ways to Be a Better Ally

Sean O'Toole | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean O'Toole

I'd like to focus on the bigger picture and examine why, regardless of anti-discrimination legislative changes, LGBTQ employment discrimination will remain economically divisive, socially permissible and unfortunately commonplace. I'd also like to point out how vital it is to get allies to recognize this issue as a valid and ongoing struggle.

It's Time to End Discrimination in the Workplace

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni G. Atkins

This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others

Fired for Being Trans

Patricia Dawson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Patricia Dawson

I am not a distraction. I am a woman, and I shouldn't be fired for being who I am.

Immoral, Infamous, Scandalous and Notoriously Disgraceful

Charles Francis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Francis

In 1971, a young man was wrongfully terminated from his job with the federal government. And his termination was not based on poor performance. Rather, Charlie Baker was fired from his job with the NBS simply because he was gay.

Children's Home Fires Gay Employee For 'Presenting A Lifestyle That Is Damaging To Kids'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

Texas Tech University student and children’s social worker Casey Stegall was fired earlier this month by the Children’s Home of Lubbock after intr...

Sam Stein

Congressional Republicans Go Silent On Obama's LGBT Discrimination Order

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced Monday that he’s moving forward with an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminati...

Gayconomics 101: Why the Latest LGBT Rights Legislation Could Be the 'ENDA' the Road for Some Job Seekers

Courtney Michaluk | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Courtney Michaluk

ENDA, designed to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, appears to have been designed with the best of intentions. But like '80s fashion or tequila shots, what sounds good in theory can have unintended consequences.

Fear and Discrimination: Bad for Workers, Bad for Business

Kylar W. Broadus | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kylar W. Broadus

Discriminatory firings and fear make a mockery of the American dream. Erecting a barrier of discrimination between workers and their ability to reach their full potential harms the economy. Permitting the obstacle of fear when employees need to be themselves hurts businesses.

10 Most LGBT Employment Friendly States Revealed

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Great news for New England: five of the region's six states are among the top places in the U.S. for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, a...

The Numbers Are in: Democrats Are on the Right Side of Voters

Michael Sargeant | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Americans have had enough of the GOP's ideological agenda. Republicans are simply out of sync with where America is today, and the polling proves it.

ENDA Vote Is Just the Beginning

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act now heads to the full Senate for consideration. In 29 states workers are not protected from being fired because of their sexual orientation, and in 34 states workers can be fired for being transgender.

Lila Shapiro

Moms Make Personal Pleas For Rob Portman To Support ENDA

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Joe Herron was always nice to the gay customers who came into the national retail store where he worked in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. But his friendl...

We'll 'Max Out,' but at What Cost?

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

How can the Democratic Party ask LGBT donors to "max out" after ignoring our pleas to protect us against discrimination in the workplace? So on Tuesday night, Ellen Sturtz, a longtime activist and a previous Democratic donor, asked the first lady that question.

No More Excuses, Mr. President

Jonathan D. Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan D. Lewis

We are now six months past the election, and although the president has taken some substantive steps toward advancing equality, failing to protect LGBT employees in the workplace has become a glaring, festering omission.

Lila Shapiro

A Tale Of Two Exxon Mobil Applicants

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Jennifer Priston and Michelle Caland are similar in many respects. They both live in Springfield, Ill., attended the same high school and graduated fr...

Momentum Continues to Build for Narrowing ENDA's Religious Exemption

Ian Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Thompson

ENDA's religious exemption, which would extend far beyond churches, synagogues and mosques, effectively gives a stamp of legitimacy to anti-LGBT discrimination that our civil rights laws have never given to discrimination based on an individual's race, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Bedknobs, Broomsticks, And The Right To Keep Our Jobs

Gary Nelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary Nelson

I now find myself wondering whether what happened to me could happen again to someone else. I'm afraid to say that gay people are still not safe when it comes to employment discrimination. Instead, we are held captive by the whims of our employers.

Frank Kameny: 'The U.S. Government Surrendered To Me On July 3, 1975'

Josh Howard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh Howard

Finally, in the early 1970s, two federal courts ruled that the government could not fire people simply because they were gay or lesbian, and the Civil Service Commission grudgingly amended its rules.

Lila Shapiro

ExxonMobil Shareholder Pushes Expanded Protections For LGBT Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Corporate America has taken bold strides over the past decade, with many companies expanding protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender em...

Out Of Work For Being Out At Work?

Rea Carey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rea Carey

For those who share a vision for a country in which all LGBT Americans can show up at work each day with the security of knowing that they cannot be fired simply for who they are or whom they love, the last month has been marked by great disappointment and a historic victory.

April 27, 1953: For LGBT Americans, A Day That Lives In Infamy

Josh Howard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh Howard

On the morning of April 27, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared war on homosexuals. In one of his first official acts after taking office, Eisenhower issued Executive Order 10450, which banned gay men and lesbians from working for any agency of the federal government.

Obama's Opportunity: A New Era For LGBT Employment Equality?

Josh Howard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh Howard

Through the power of an executive order, President Obama can require companies doing business with the government to adopt policies prohibiting discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.